Day hopes shorter swing leads to long spell of success

Agence France-Presse [ Source: ABS CBN News ] - January 04, 2017

 Jason Day of Australia watches his tee shot on the sixth hole during the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club - South Course. Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports/ReutersLOS ANGELES -- Jason Day kicks off 2017 at the US PGA Tour tournament of champions on Thursday ranked number one in the world, and the Filipino-Aussie is hoping his painstaking rehab of a back injury keeps him at the top.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday at Kapalua, Hawaii, where the elite tournament tees off on Thursday, Day said he was "cautiously optimistic" he could avoid a repeat of his injury-plagued 2016.

“I'm just trying to get stuck back into the process, trying to get better," said Day, who said he spent the three months since back pain forced him out of the Tour Championship in September working to recover.

"I feel better about my body, feel better about my game, feel better about my swing," Day said. "I feel better mentally than I did the second half of last year, so I'm hoping for very good things this year.”

Day said he has worked on shortening his backswing in a bid to alleviate pressure on his back.
 
He hopes the new approach will see him end a seven-month title drought.

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